Q: There is a clunking sound coming from the rear of the car - 1995 Chevrolet Cavalier

asked by on

My car rides rough on the street when hitting bumps. I think it may need shocks and or struts. It sounds like something is loose under the car with a clunking noise from the rear. I recently had the exhaust pipe fixed that had broken at the catalytic converter but the noise had been there before that. There is also a problem when stepping on the gas from a stop there is a loud roaring sound for a few seconds until the car accelerates. It's like it's struggling to accelerate but I don't hear the noise again until I start again after stopping at a light or stop sign.

My car has 177000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Hi and thanks for contacting YourMechanic. The struts or shocks could be causing a rough ride, but the looseness under the vehicle is a suspension part that is loose. Check all of the suspension for any broken bolts or damaged bushings.

The problem with the accelerator is a transmission issue that is loading up the vehicle’s engine. It sounds like the torque converter has a stator issue and is not multiplying torque. If you need assistance with the vehicle’s suspension or transmission, then seek out a professional, such as one from YourMechanic, to help you determine the source of the clunking noise and perform an inspection of the suspension system.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1,000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. There is a clunking sound coming from the rear of the car - 1995 Chevrolet Cavalier

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Heavy grinding when trying to start

Unusual noise of that "type" suggests damage so, of course, don't continue trying to start the car. A possibility is something is amiss at the flywheel ring gear and/or the starter motor pinion gear. The starter motor itself could have...

Q: I have a flat tire and the jack point is rusted.

Hi. If you look about six inches to a foot behind the jack point, the body of the car is there and is safe enough to use as a jack point for the car. The car jack may not fit...

Q: 2002 Chevy cavalier

The a/c compressor is most likely seized and when you turn on the a/c the compressor stops the serpentine belt from turning causing the loss of charging and burning smoke from belt. You will need to have compressor replaced and...

Related articles

P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the...
What are the Car Pool Rules in Hawaii?
Hawaii is widely regarded as a land of vacation and relaxation, and as such, its scenic roads and routes are far better known than the state’s freeways. But, as with all...
P2103 OBD-II Trouble Code: Throttle Actuator Control Motor Circuit High
P2103 means there is a fault with the throttle actuator control motor circuit, likely due to a defective electrical component or part.